Slate is an English-language online current affairs, politics and culture magazine in the United States.

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It was created in 1996 by former New Republic editor Michael Kinsley, initially under the ownership of Microsoft as part of MSN.

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services.

MSN is a web portal and related collection of Internet services and apps for Windows and mobile devices, provided by Microsoft and launched on August 24, 1995, the same release date as Windows 95.

Michael Kinsley is an American political journalist and commentator.

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On 21 December 2004, it was purchased by The Washington Post Company, later renamed the Graham Holdings Company.

Graham Holdings Company is a diversified American conglomerate, best known for formerly owning the newspaper for which it was once named, The Washington Post, and Newsweek.


Since 4 June 2008, Slate has been managed by The Slate Group, an online publishing entity created by the Graham Holdings Company to develop and manage web-only magazines.


Slate is based in New York City, with an additional office in Washington DC.


A French version was launched in February 2009 by a group of four journalists, including Jean-Marie Colombani, Eric Leser, and economist Jacques Attali.

Jacques Attali is a French economic and social theorist, writer, political adviser and senior civil servant, who served as a counselor to President François Mitterrand from 1981 to 1991 and was the first head of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 1991-1993.

Jean-Marie Colombani is a French journalist, and was the editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper Le Monde from 1994 until 2007.


Among them, the founders hold 50% in the publishing company, while The Slate Group holds 15%.


fr started a separate site covering African news, Slate Afrique, with a Paris-based editorial staff.


In July 2014, Julia Turner replaced David Plotz, who had been editor of Slate since 2008.

David Plotz is an American journalist and is currently the CEO of Atlas Obscura, an online magazine devoted to discovery and exploration.


Plotz had been the deputy editor to Jacob Weisberg, Slate's editor from 2002 until his designation as the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of The Slate Group.


The Washington Post Company's John Alderman is Slate's publisher.


Slate, which is updated daily, covers politics, arts and culture, sports, and news.


According to Turner, the magazine is "not fundamentally a breaking news source," but rather aimed at helping readers to "analyze and understand and interpret the world" with witty and entertaining writing.


As of mid-2015, it publishes about 1500 stories per month.


Slate is known for adopting contrarian positions, giving rise to the term "Slate Pitches."

A contrarian is a person who takes up a contrary position, especially a position that is opposed to that of the majority, regardless of how unpopular it may be.


It is ad-supported and has been available to read free of charge since 1999, but restricted access for non-US readers via a metered paywall in 2015.

Restricting access to Internet content via a paid subscription is often called a paywall.

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